Introduction to Ntfs-3g

The Ntfs-3g package contains an open source, driver for Windows NTFS file system. This can mount Windows partitions so that they are writeable and allows you edit or delete Windows files from Linux.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.4 platform.

Package Information

Ntfs-3g Dependencies



User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/ntfs-3g

Kernel Configuration

Enable the following options in the kernel configuration and recompile the kernel if necessary:

File systems  --->
  [*] FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) support

Installation of Ntfs-3g

Install Ntfs-3g by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
ln -sv ../bin/ntfs-3g /sbin/mount.ntfs &&
ln -sv /usr/share/man/man8/{ntfs-3g,mount.ntfs}.8

If you want ordinary users to be able to mount NTFS partitions you'll need to set mount.ntfs with the root user ID. Note: it is probably unsafe to do this on a computer that needs to be secure (like a server). As the root user:

chmod -v 4755 /sbin/mount.ntfs

Command Explanations

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--with-fuse=external: Ntfs-3g comes with a version of Fuse which it statically compiles into lowntfs-3g and ntfs-3g. If you have installed Fuse-2.9.3 use this --with-fuse=external option to dynamically link lowntfs-3g and ntfs-3g to libfuse.

ln -sv ../bin/ntfs-3g /sbin/mount.ntfs: Creating /sbin/mount.ntfs makes mount default to using Ntfs-3g to mount NTFS partitions.

chmod -v 4755 /sbin/mount.ntfs: Making mount.ntfs setuid root allows non root users to mount NTFS partitions.

Using Ntfs-3g

To mount a Windows partition at boot time, put a line like this in /etc/fstab:

/dev/sda1 /mnt/windows auto defaults 0 0

To allow users to mount a usb stick with an NTFS filesystem on it, put a line similar this (change sdc1 to whatever a usb stick would be on your system) in /etc/fstab:

/dev/sdc1 /mnt/usb auto user,noauto,umask=0,utf8 0 0

For a user to be able to mount the usb stick they will need to be able to write to /mnt/usb, so as the root user:

chmod -v 777 /mnt/usb


Installed Programs: lowntfs-3g, mkfs.ntfs, mkntfs, mount.lowntfs-3g, mount.ntfs, mount.ntfs-3g, ntfs-3g, ntfs-3g.probe, ntfs-3g.secaudit, ntfs-3g.usermap, ntfscat, ntfsclone, ntfscluster, ntfscmp, ntfscp, ntfsfix, ntfsinfo, ntfslabel, ntfsls, ntfsresize and ntfsundelete
Installed Library: libntfs-3g.so
Installed Directories: /usr/include/ntfs-3g and /usr/share/doc/ntfs-3g

Short Descriptions


is similar to ntfs-3g but uses the Fuse low-level interface.


is a symlink to mkntfs.


creates an NTFS file system.


is a symlink to lowntfs-3g.


mounts an NTFS filesystem.


is a symbolic link to ntfs-3g.


is an NTFS driver, which can create, remove, rename, move files, directories, hard links, and streams; it can read and write files, including streams, sparse files and transparently compressed files; it can handle special files like symbolic links, devices, and FIFOs; moreover it provides standard management of file ownership and permissions, including POSIX ACLs.


tests if an NTFS volume is mountable read only or read-write, and exits with a status value accordingly. The volume can be a block device or image file.


audits NTFS Security Data.


creates the file defining the mapping of Windows accounts to Linux logins for users who owns files which should be visible from both Windows and Linux.


identifies files in a specified region of an NTFS volume


copies a file to an NTFS volume.


fixes common errors and forces Windows to check an NTFS partition.


lists directory contents on an NTFS filesystem.


prints NTFS files and streams on the standard output.


clones an NTFS filesystem.


compares two NTFS filesystems and tells the differences.


dumps a file's attributes.


displays or changes the label on an ntfs file system.


resizes an NTFS filesystem without data loss.


recovers a deleted file from an NTFS volume.


contains the Ntfs-3g API functions.

Last updated on 2013-08-23 03:32:24 -0700